Safety and Occupational Health Manager

Washington, D.C
Apr 16, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Facilities Planning and Operations Office within the Museum's Office of Management and Museum Services (OMMS), National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution (SI).

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  • The incumbent provides technical, advisory and other services to NMAH Staff and the various tenants within the facility, including the West Mall Zone, Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR), the Photo Services Division, OCIO, the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Centers (SEEC), Smithsonian Enterprise (SE), Concessionaires, and other contracted services.
  • Ensures compliance with Federal requirements including OSHA standards, EPA, DOE, NFPA life safety codes, building codes, consensus standards and SI directives, policies and procedures.
  • Establishes a system to track chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials from their entry into the building through their use and disposal.
  • Under the careful direction of OSHEM, develops and revises safety and occupational health guidelines and procedures for the NMAH.
  • Facilitates the museum's safety committee and ensures that all occupants of the museum are represented on the committee and conducts safety committee meetings each year for NMAH.
  • Maintains annual master schedule for all permits, licenses, METR and drills related to the overall safety of the museum.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period.
  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at


The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

You must meet the following Basic Requirements:
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or degree in other related fields that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of study from among the following (or closely related) disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology.
Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

Managing safety or occupational health program elements.
Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management.
Applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements.
Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards.
Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses.
Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.
Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards.
Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards.
Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.
Work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse.

Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP), or similar certification that included successful completion of a written examination meets the requirements for GS-5. Applicants may also qualify for higher grade levels based on their education and/or experience.


In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, candidates must also meet the specialized experience requirements as follows:

To Qualify for the GS-12 you must have have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as processing purchase orders, contracts and requisitions, and purchase card transactions; applying Federal regulations to procurement processes; providing proactive customer service; maintaining accurate financial records; and using automated financial management systems.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week


See qualification section above.

Additional information

Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.

Flexible Spending Accounts -

Health Insurance -
Leave -
Life Insurance -
Long Term Care Insurance -
Retirement Program -

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will receive a final rating within one of three category groups based on one or more stages of evaluation which measure job-related criteria:

Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
  • Knowledge of safety and occupational health principles, practices, procedures, and standards sufficient to plan, develop, organize, direct, operate and evaluate a safety and occupational health program involving a variety of hazards encountered in aging buildings.
  • Knowledge of specialized storage methods and disposal techniques for chemicals and other hazardous materials such as lead and asbestos waste sufficient to minimize their potential for causing accidents while in storage or disposal.
  • Knowledge of a physical, chemical, and biological field hazards sufficient to apply standard safe practices, procedures, and equipment guides to laboratory and shop environments to aid in promoting the adoption of safe working patterns.
  • Knowledge of historic building design, construction standards, methods and practices sufficient to evaluate compliance with safety and occupational health criteria applicable to floor loading, elevators, illumination, ventilation, lab hood, fire protection equipment and electrical utilities.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare reports, draft plans and guidelines, and respond to safety inspection reports.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:

Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above.

Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above.

Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree.

This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

Important Note:

The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Resume - Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

    USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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